Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 11/19/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
The Los Angeles Lakers (6-6) will try to defeat the Houston Rockets (6-3) at Crypto.com Arena on Sunday.
The Rockets faced off with the Nuggets and went home with a win by a final score of 107-104 in their last contest. Houston wrapped up the game having earned a 42.5% field goal percentage (37 of 87) and made 10 out of their 32 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Rockets converted 23 of their 29 tries for a rate of 79.3%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 45 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 20 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. When it comes to defending, Houston allowed 46.2% from the field on 42 out of 91 shooting. Denver dished out 24 assists and had 3 steals in this contest. Moreover, Denver pulled down 49 rebounds (12 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Denver walked away from this one shooting 78.6% when shooting free throws by making 11 of their 14 attempts. They buried 9 out of their 32 tries from distance. In the matter of fouls, the Rockets ended up finishing with 16 and the Nuggets finished the game with 20 fouls.
Fred VanVleet is a player who was a major contributor in this contest. He totaled 26 points on 9 out of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 41 minutes played and snagged 2 boards. VanVleet finished the game shooting 42.9% from the floor and also earned 4 dimes.
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Houston heads into this matchup with a record of 6-3 on the season. They are averaging 111.0 pts per contest (20th in basketball) while hitting 47.1% from the field. The Rockets are connecting on 37.0% on shots from beyond the arc (112 of 303) and 74.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Houston is pulling down 43.3 rebounds per game and has tallied 228 dimes this year, which has them ranked 30th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.7 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 21.1 personal fouls every game.
Defensively, the Rockets are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game and they draw 19.9 personal fouls. They are giving up 32.2% on 3-point shots while they are 3rd in the league in points per game allowed (105.8). The Rockets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.4% (348 of 767) and they relinquish 44.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 1st in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 197 surrendered so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Lakers took a defeat with a final score of 125-110 against the Kings. The Lakers were able to corral 36 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 43 for this contest. They turned the ball over 23 times, while getting 12 steals in this contest. The Kings committed 20 personal fouls for the contest which took the Lakers to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They were able to convert 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 78.9%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles made 11 of their 29 tries (37.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers went 42 out of 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.6%. The Lakers allowed the Kings to make 48 of 96 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 50.0% for the game. They finished 36.4% from beyond the arc by connecting on 16 of 44 and ended up shooting 13 of 17 from the charity stripe (76.5%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Los Angeles permitted Sacramento to collect 45 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
LeBron James was important for the Lakers for the contest. He made 9 of 15 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. James accumulated 28 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 11 assists for the matchup.
Los Angeles has a record of 6-6 so far this year. The Lakers have committed 18.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 77.1% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 25.3 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. Los Angeles has earned 1,354 pts for the season (112.8 per contest) and they pull down 43.6 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Lakers are hitting on 48.6% from the field, which is 4th in the league.
The Lakers defensively are ranked 22nd in basketball in PPG given up with 115.9. They are able to force 14.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (17th in the league). The Los Angeles defense surrenders 37.3% on shots from distance (170 of 456) and opponents are making 74.0% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 26.7 assists and 45.7 total rebounds per game, ranking them 23rd and 22nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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